Happiness

What is Happiness?

Happiness is a new feature to Pokémon Gold/Silver and affects the power of some moves as well as being required for evolving some Pokémon. It is a hidden number that can be influenced in a number of ways which are listed below.

Happiness Values

Happiness required for evolution: 220

Base Happiness: 70

Base Happiness when caught with Friend Ball: 200

How do I influence happiness?

The following actions influence happiness, both positively and negatively:

Positive Influences

Walk 512 steps with Pokémon in your party: +1

Use a vitamin: +2

Gain a level: +3

Groomed by Daisy: +3

Younger Brother haircut: +1, +3 or +10

Older Brother haircut: +1, +3 or +5

Trade Pokémon: Resets to 70

Negative Influences

Pokémon faints: -1

Heal Powder used: -5

Energy Powder used: -5

Energy Root used: -10

Revival Herb used: -15

Trade Pokémon: Resets to 70

 

Haircut Brothers

Two haircut brothers are available in the Goldenrod Underground who show up on alternating days. The younger brother costs 300 and the older brother costs 500. How much happiness your Pokémon gains is random but you can gauge it depending on the phrase they use:

  • looks a little happy = +1
  • looks happy = +3
  • looks delighted! = +5/+10

How much the last phrase gives you depends on the brother. As listed above, the younger brother actually gives the higher amount. What makes it balanced is that the older brother has a higher chance of giving you a +5 than the younger brother does of giving you a +10.

Daisy

After beating the Elite Four you will have access to Kanto. Gary’s brother Daisy lives in the eastern house in Pallet Town, much like she did in Red/Blue. If you bring a Pokémon to her between 4pm-5pm each day she will groom one of your Pokémon.

Pokémon that evolve via happiness

The following Pokémon evolve via happiness. As you can see from above, it is well worth attempting to capture these Pokémon in a Friend Ball if you can as it makes a huge difference. However cruelly very few Pokémon that evolve via happiness can actually be caught!

 

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Happiness-influenced Moves

Every Sunday a woman will visit the 5th floor of the Goldenrod Department store and give you a TM containing a move depending on whether your Pokémon likes you or not.

Return: Does more damage the more the Pokémon likes you.

Frustration: Does more damage the less the Pokémon likes you.

Measuring Happiness

You can measure how much a Pokémon likes you by visiting a woman in east Goldenrod. She will say the following phrases:

 

Phrase Happiness Value Range
“It doesn’t seem to like you at all. It looks mean.” 0-49
“You should treat it better. It’s not used to you.” 50-99
“It’s quite cute.” 100-149
“It’s friendly toward you. It looks sort of happy.” 150-199
“I get the feeling that it really trusts you.” 200-249
“It looks really happy! It must love you a lot.” 250-255